How My Stories Go from Imagination to Polished Manuscript, Part Two

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Blake's 1st Book – <i>Save the Cat!®: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need</i>

Again, your mileage may vary.  It all depends on how your imagination works.  My imagination is visual and I’m still learning.  I think in pictures and it gets very messy.  Metaphorically speaking, a story comes to me like a ton of dirty, mismatched socks trekkies2dumped on me all at once.  I’ve learned to just go with it.  So, the second step is Sorting It All Out.

I have no interest in Screenwriting, but have found many of their tools extremely helpful.  I was set on this path by  Jacqueline Lichtenberg, author of a huge backlist of novels, contributor to Trekkies 2 and co-author of Star Trek Lives! 

Jacqueline’s big site-   http://www.simegen.com/jl/

Jacqueline’s posts every Tuesday at Alien Romances-  http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/

On the Star Trek site-  http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Jacqueline_Lichtenberg

Unto Zeor, Forever   https://www.amazon.com/Unto-Zeor-Forever-Sime~Gen-Sime-Gen-ebook/dp/B004MPRYEY#navbar51+OHeBfNrL

She introduced me to Save the Cat!

  http://www.savethecat.com/   

She also suggests writing the Logline first.  Here’s a great video on how to do that-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4a9JRjP86Q

Both of these things have helped me enormously in getting those huge, messy stories 51nVS1G+XXL__AC_UL320_SR224,320_sorted into manageable stacks of utter lunacy.  If you find your stories making you crazy too, I strongly suggest popping over to Jacqueline’s site and learning all you can.  😉

Some storytellers seem to be born knowing how to structure a story.  That’s not me.  I still need a guide every step of the way.  I get into the nitty-gritty with the Monomyth after Save the Cat!   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey

This concept was brought to a lot of us through Joseph Campbell, whose student, George Lucus, blew moviemaking out of the water with the original Star Wars. 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_(film)

Check this link out to see what I mean-  http://www.starwarsintheclassroom.com/content/hj/index.asp?sw=2

Happy writing, Storytellers.  🙂